(ie heavy on the electric cars content...)Electrek is a US based news website dedicated to electric transportation and sustainable energy. Its main authors have disclosed ownership of Tesla stock and Tesla cars and Electrek is known for its extensive, positive coverage of Tesla and electric transportation in general.
Yamaha and Gogoro join forces to build new battery-swapping electric scooters:
https://electrek.co/2018/09/11/yamaha-g ... -scooters/
Includes:Yamaha and Gogoro have both proven to be powerful forces in the light electric vehicle industry. Gogoro has a line of highly successful scooters based on their battery-swapping technology, and Yamaha just rolled their four latest electric bicycle models into shops in the US.
Now the two companies have announced that they will be joining forces on swappable-battery electric scooters, leveraging the strengths of both players.
The two companies made the joint announcement today, detailing a study they are undertaking towards initial collaboration in the EV market in Taiwan, where electric scooter sales have skyrocketed.
W/a pic:Gogoro currently has around 750 battery swap stations in Taiwan for their existing electric scooters. Riders can simply pull up to a station, remove a fresh battery from the station and replace their existing battery. The batteries are small enough to handle easily, and scooters can use more than one battery to increase range and reduce the frequency of battery swap stops.
The scooters and their swappable batteries have been wildly successful in the densely populated Taiwanese market. Over the last three years, Gogoro has facilitated over 17 million battery swaps at their stations.
Man. `Been babbling on and on about battery swapping for years, as the "quickest way to recharge" that I know... so great to see folks working on this. `Cept it's maybe tied to one scooter manufacturer? While I've been thinking more of a "generic"/"standard" bottle-shaped battery as many bikes already use and could add a electric cable/wiring with a few "generic types of connectors" (nEVer done any study of any markets to see "what's out there" in battery connectors...) and a bag to carry the battery in and strap to "any" bike.